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J Urol. 2006 Dec;176(6 Pt 1):2562-5; discussion 2565.

Climacturia following radical prostatectomy: prevalence and risk factors.

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University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.



Following radical prostatectomy urine leakage during orgasm is a poorly defined entity. We defined the prevalence, quantity, bother and coping mechanisms associated with this complication, called climacturia.


A self-administered questionnaire was given to a cohort of sexually active men after radical prostatectomy. We inquired about the frequency, quantity, bother and coping mechanisms associated with climacturia. We also recorded uroflowmetry and an American Urological Association symptom score (International Prostate Symptom Score) in each patient.


Of the 42 patients enrolled with a mean age of 58.9 years and average time since radical prostatectomy of 23.6 months climacturia was reported in 19 (45%). Of the men 68% reported that it happened rarely or only occasionally, while 21% reported that it occurred most of the time or always. In terms of urine quantity 58% of respondents reported only a few drops but 16% reported a loss of more than 1 ounce. Of the patients 52% percent reported no or minimal bother but 48% reported that climacturia caused significant bother. Only 21% of respondents thought that it was of significant bother to their partners. Of the respondents 84% emptied the bladder before intercourse and 11% used condoms. Age, Gleason score and time since surgery were not predictors of climacturia. No association between peak urine flow on uroflowmetry or International Prostate Symptom Score and climacturia was found.


Climacturia is a common clinical entity, occurring in almost half of all patients after radical prostatectomy. It can be a significant problem with respect to urine volume loss, associated bother and condom use. Patients must be informed about this complication before undergoing radical prostatectomy.

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